CJJ Today

01
Oct

Engaging your State Advisory Group: Tips for Young Leaders

By Robert Vickery, Executive Director, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission It’s pretty common to hear State Advisory Group (SAG) members talk about engaging youth members. Less often do I hear discussions about how youth can actively engage their SAG. Getting involved with a SAG offers a great opportunity for young adults wanting to share their experience, influence policy, learn about grant making procedures, and interact with government officials. And involvement with SAGs doesn’t have to be limited to formal membership to meet federal requirements. Young leaders can engage on specific SAG projects or issues, provide youth voice on policy topics, and give feedback on grant making activities.
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08
Sep

Why the JJDPA Still Matters

By Marie Williams, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice When first enacted in 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) revolutionized juvenile justice practice across the United States. While not commonly discussed as such, the JJDPA is, at its core, reform legislation. By establishing core protections for young people who come into conflict with the law (and incentives for states to adopt those protections), it codified at the federal level several truths that practitioners and advocates on the state level had already accepted as self-evident.
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01
Aug

Building the Next Generation of Juvenile Justice Leaders: CJJ and OJJDP’s 2014 Youth Summit

By Christine Milo On August 7-8, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) will welcome 130 youth advocates from around the nation to Washington, DC for our the 2014 Juvenile Justice Youth Summit. CJJ is co-hosting this year’s Summit with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The theme, “Building the Next Generation of Juvenile Justice Leaders,” focuses on giving young people the tools to make a difference in juvenile justice reform.
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17
Jul

Juvenile Justice Reform Should Focus on our Communities

By Jerry Madden In the United States today, we have a problem with our prisons. We incarcerate our people at nearly six times the rate of most other industrialized nations, and yet we have higher rates of crime. While our crime rate has dropped substantially over the past 20 years, crime and our high level of incarceration continue to have massive social and economic costs to our nation.
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